Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 Activation Problem on VMWare Workstation 7.1.3 build-324285

Posted on 2011-04-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am using VMWare Workstation 7.1.3 build-324285. I installed Windows 2008 R2 with 512 MB of RAM and activated it. I then installed Windows 2008 R2 SP1 on that virtual server. Now facing a typical problem.

When I am increasing the RAM to 1 GB of that Windows 2008 R2 with SP1 virtual machine, it's showing Windows 2008 not activated. On decreasing the RAM back to 512 MB, it's showing activated.

I really can't understand what the problem is? Is it a bug of VMWare Workstation 7.1.3 build-324285?

Need help from you.
Question by:hchabria
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Just re-activate it again, if you cannot via the Internet, speak to Microsoft Activation, they are very understanding with issues with Activation, they'll give you a new product key to enter and activate.

    As for why, that's odd, a change in the virtual machine has obviously changed the Activated status.

    A little tip, we generally never activate, until we have to, to finalise the VM or physical machine equirements. It gives us, plenty of time to try what if etc

    Author Comment

    Thanks for your quick reply. However, my logic is that at any moment I can increase or decrease the RAM of virtual machine based on my necessity and for that do I have to activate my virtual server each time? This is not acceptable at all.

    This typical problem I am facing when I updated Windows Server 2008 R2 with  SP1, before that it was having no problem.
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    if its not acceptable, I suggest you contact VMware and Microsoft, Ive not heard of this issue with VMware Workstation. But I do know if you change the hardware on a server, it can retrigger an re-activation. This applies to a virtual or physical server. Im not sure of your requirements to increase and decrease ram at will, yes this is a feature, but we dont often practice that method.

    Interesting that it happens after applying sp1.

    Some other experts maybe prepared to comment.

    Author Comment

    Thanks hanccocka. As suggested by you I have called MS and they suggested to reinstall the OS with SP1. After that I have no problem with activation on decreasing or increasing the RAM.
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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